Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/9/15
From Press Release
The Rutgers men’s lacrosse program welcomed 12 newcomers to campus with the start of fall practice. Fifth-year head coach Brian Brecht announced a class that includes three defensemen, two long-stick midfielders, four midfielders, one attacker and two goalkeepers.
The class also includes eight players who have received All-America honors, including Gage Bradshaw, Garrett Bullett, Mark Christiano, Ryan Cunningham, Maxton Edelmann, Zackary Franckowiak, Garrett Michaeli, and Kyle Pless. The newcomers span six different states, including New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Colorado, Texas, and Utah.
“My staff and I are excited to welcome this class to the Rutgers Lacrosse Family as we start the fall semester here “On The Banks”, head coach Brian Brecht said. “As we begin our fall workouts I look forward to this group contributing and meshing well with all our returning players as we prepare for the upcoming spring season. I am very impressed with our veteran leadership, led by senior captain Scott Bieda, and I feel that this new class of student-athletes will be great ambassadors of Rutgers University both in the classroom and on the Big Ten Lacrosse field.”
Adam Graham, Defense, 6-3, 195
Mullica Hill, N.J., Clearview Regional
Prior to Rutgers: Four-year varsity starter … three-time all-conference selection … two-time all-state honorable mention … team captain as a senior … SJ Times All-Star as both a senior and junior … Maverik Showtime All-Star … Big 4 All-Star … led team to South Jersey Group 3 semifinals in both senior and junior season … member of national honor society … parents are John and Beth … has one brother, John, and sister, Beth.
2015 Scarlet Knight Newcomers
Jack Ayre, Goalkeeper, 5-9, 180
Long Hill, N.J., Watchung Hills
Prior to Rutgers: Named first team all-state and all-conference as a senior … selected for Gil Gibbs All-Star Game … honorable mention all-state and all-conference as a junior … set high school record with 25 saves in one game and recorded 15 games with 10 or more saves … held save percentage of 62 percent with 7.50 goals-against-average and averaged 13.5 stops per game… three-year varsity letter-winner … set school record with 25 saves in one game as a junior … played with 2 Knights Lacrosse Elite in summer of 2014 … played with Patriot Lacrosse Elite in 2010-2013 … parents are Gretchen and Stephen…has two brothers, Stephen and Max.
Gage Bradshaw, Defense, 6-0, 190
Plano, Texas, Plano West
Prior to Rutgers: Adrenaline All-American … named all-district in both junior and senior year … named to Texas All-Star Team … two-time varsity captain … four-year varsity starter … parents are Michael and Sheri … has a step-sister, Cheyenne … grandfather was team captain of football team at Central College and was drafted by the Baltimore Colts.
Garrett Bullett, Long-Stick Midfield, 6-0, 185
Draper, Utah, Corner Canyon HS
Prior to Rutgers: Honorable Mention All-American … four-year varsity starter and two-time team captain … led team to 21-1 record and won state championship … played in three total state championship games … played in Adrenaline All-American Game … named to Inside Lacrosse Magazine Top 200 Players in the nation … also played football in high school … parents are Mike and Michelle … has a brother, Zach and sister, Bree … brother was a four-year starter in lacrosse at Colorado Mesa University and was named all-conference.
Mark Chrisitano, Midfield, 5-11, 185
Cranford, N.J., Cranford HS
Prior to Rutgers: US Lacrosse All-American … as a senior, named first team all-conference and all-state … set high school’s single-season record in points with 120 (55 goals and 65 assists) … team was conference and Group 2 South section champions … team captain … played in Gil Gibbs Senior All-Star Game … as a junior named first team all-conference and second team all-county .. scored 24 goals and had 38 assists … as sophomore was named to All-Freshman/Sophomore Team after scoring 23 goals and 18 assists … also played four years of soccer (named honorable mention all-county) and four years of hockey … parents are John and Ellen … has older brother, JP, and twin brother, Luke, who is on Lehigh football team.
Ryan Cunningham, Midfield, 5-11, 195
Long Hill, N.J., Watching Hills
Prior to Rutgers: US Lacrosse All-American in both senior and junior seasons … four-year varsity starter who totaled 165 points (129 goals and 36 assists) in his career … as a senior, was named team captain and scored 52 goals with 13 assists … named second all-state and first team all-area, all-conference all-Group 4 and all-county … named a Gil Gibbs All-Star … as a junior scored 46 goals with 10 assists … named first team all-state, all-area, all-Group 4 and all-county … team’s offensive MVP in both senior and junior seasons … had 27 goals and 12 assists as a sophomore … also a two-year varsity starter in football at running back … was two-time all-area, all-conference and all-county in football … team captain senior year … also played basketball … honor roll student … parents are Robert and Kathy … has two brothers, Jake and Scott, and a sister, Lauren.
Ben Dodson, Midfield, 6-2, 190
Coppell, Texas, Coppell HS
Prior to Rutgers: Four-year varsity letter-winner … posted 104 career points with 67 goals and 37 assists … team captain senior season … named all-district …recognized as first team all-state as a junior … was all-district honorable mention as a sophomore … led team’s midfielder’s in scoring all three seasons … team advanced to the playoffs all four seasons …played for Team Dallas after sophomore season … also plays with Coast to Coast … parents are Brian and Tracey …has an older brother, Drew.
Maxton Edelmann, Goalkeeper, 5-9, 185
Middletown, Md., Middletown HS/CCBC Essex
Prior to Rutgers: Played two seasons for Community College of Baltimore County … NJCAA All-American … All-Maryland JUCO First Team … Defensive Player of the Year … all-region and all-region Defensive Player of Tournament … Outstanding Men’s Athlete of the Year for CCBC Essex … led CCBC Essex to 15-3 record and appearance in national championship … recorded save percentage of 66.5 percent with 181 saves spent three semesters on Dean’s List … played four years at Middletown HS … three-time all-region and two-time all-county … 2013 US Lacrosse All-American … four-year honor roll student … played two years of football … team was 2012 Maryland state champions … also does Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu … parents are Ted and Beth … has one brother, Alex and one sister, Pamela.
Zackary Franckowiak, Midfield, 6-0, 170
Draper, Utah, Corner Canyon HS
Prior to Rutgers: US Lacrosse All-American … two-year varsity starter and team captain … totaled 47 goals, 34 assists, 110 ground balls, and a 69.1 percent faceoff winning percentage … 2015 Offensive Player of the Year … MVP of Utah High School Lacrosse League Championship game … 2015 UHSLL Midfield Positional MVP … named all-state and all-region in both senior and junior seasons … … led team to 21-1 record and won state championship …two-time ADRLN High Rollers All-Star and ADRLN Challenge Del Mar All-Star … 2013 ADRLN Shootout Showcase All-Star … member of ADRLN Tropics and West Coast Starz … four-year high honor roll … two-year varsity starter in football … Eagle Scout … parents are Jim and Angela … has four siblings, Max, Brynn, Blake and Brooklyn … father, grandfather, uncle, and two cousins all played Division I college football.
Josh Jordan, Attack, 5-10, 205
Lunenburg, Mass., Brewster Academy
Prior to Rutgers: Scored 61 goals and added 37 assists as a senior … named to NNELL All-League … part of New Hampshire Lakes Region 1st Conference All—StarTeam … member of 3D New England National Team … Under Armor All-America nominee and participated in Under Armor underclassman games … Lakes Region first conference team … participated in Jake Reeds Nike Blue Chip MVP / All-Star game, Baltimore Crab Feast MVP / All-Star game, and FLG MVP / All-Star game … as a junior selected to all-conference team … helped team to best year in school history, with an 18-2 record and top-20 national ranking … also played varsity hockey, scoring 50 goals and posting 33 assists as a senior, earning first team all-conference recognition … parents are Tamara and Kirt.
Garrett Michaeli, Defense, 6-3, 205
Draper, Utah, Corner Canyon HS
Prior to Rutgers: First Team All-American … four-year varsity starter and three-time team captain … named to first team all-state for last three seasons … named first team all-conference for junior and senior seasons … as a senior was named Defensive MVP, collecting 101 ground balls, 60 caused turnovers, 10 goals, and three assists … as a junior totaled 89 ground balls, 54 caused turnovers, seven goals and 11 assists … named Defensive MVP as a sophomore with 74 ground balls and 49 caused turnovers … led team to 2015 Utah State Championship and number four ranking in the West … participated in Adrenaline All-American Game … was on the All-Star team for High Rollers for two years … invited to 2013 Adrenaline Showcase … on All-Star team for Sonoma Shootout in 2013 … on honor roll since freshman season … also played football, starting two seasons at wide receiver, leading the team in touchdown receptions both years … parents are David and Kimberly … has a brother, Matthew, who is team captain for Pfieffer University men’s lacrosse.
Kyle Pless, Long-Stick Midfield, 5-10, 160
Highlands Ranch, Colo., Mountain Vista HS
Prior to Rutgers: US Lacrosse All-American as a junior and senior … two-time all-state … two-time varsity captain … named Defensive MVP … team made it to Colorado State semifinals for first time in school history … played club for 3D Colorado … scored four goals as a senior and collected 70 ground balls … also played football … parents are Sheri and Dennis … has four siblings, Zach, Austin, Ryan and Dillon.